"The World Choir Games offer unique musical and cultural experiences and in the evaluation of competitions, workshops and other educational activities a professional international expertise at the highest level."
10th World Choir Games
Tshwane 2018: First-ever World Choir Games in Africa!
30 years of INTERKULTUR and the 10th edition of the World Choir Games – this is what we celebrate in 2018!
The anniversary event of the world’s largest international choir competition comes up with a premiere: For the first time ever an INTERKULTUR event will happen on the African continent.
Welcome to Tshwane, welcome to South Africa!
All amateur choirs of the world are invited for 11 days to meet singers from all over the world in competitions, at Friendship Concerts and major singing projects.
They experience at first hand the atmosphere, the very special spirit and character of South African choral music, share their common passion for singing and get inspired by each other.
The World Choir Games invites all non-professional choirs of the world to participate. The Games offer fair and realistic competition to experienced competitive choirs as well as choirs with relatively little international experience. The World Choir Games offer The Champions Competition and The Open Competition. These two competitions allow choirs the opportunity to participate at the appropriate level.
Choirs who choose not to be placed in competition, but seek to be part of the international experience of the can participate in the non-competitive evaluation activities.
The Champions Competition is for choirs with international competitive experience and/or comparable credentials (see A1 in the Competition Information booklet).
In the spirit of "Participation is the highest honor", choirs, regardless of their present artistic level of achievement, have the opportunity to participate in The Open Competition to gather valuable experience in international competition. A complete description of the competitions can be found in the "Competition Information" booklet.
Both competitions are held in 27 different categories the participating choirs can choose their most suitable from:
|The Champions Competition||The Open Competition|
|C1 Young Children’s Choirs||O1 Young Children’s Choirs|
|C2 Children’s Choirs / Mixed Boys Choirs||O2 Children’s Choirs / Mixed Boys Choirs|
|C3 Youth Choirs of Equal Voices||O3 Youth Choirs of Equal Voices|
|C4 Young Male Choirs||O4 Young Male Choirs|
|C5 Mixed Youth Choirs||O5 Mixed Youth Choirs|
|C6 University and College Choirs (mixed and equal voices)||O6 University and College Choirs (mixed and equal voices)|
|C7 Vocal Ensembles (mixed and equal voices)||O7 Vocal Ensembles (mixed and equal voices)|
|C8 Mixed Chamber Choirs||O8 Mixed Chamber Choirs|
|C9 Mixed Choirs||O9 Mixed Choirs|
|C10 Female Chamber Choirs||O10 Female Chamber Choirs|
|C11 Female Choirs||O11 Female Choirs|
|C12 Male Chamber Choirs||O12 Male Chamber Choirs|
|C13 Male Choirs||O13 Male Choirs|
|C14 Senior Choirs 55+||O14 Senior Choirs 55+|
|C15 Musica Sacra a cappella||O15 Musica Sacra a cappella|
|C16 Musica Sacra with accompaniment||O16 Musica Sacra with accompaniment|
|C17 Music of Spirit and Faith||O17 Music of Spirit and Faith|
|C18 Musica Contemporanea (contemporary music)||O18 Musica Contemporanea (contemporary music)|
|C19 Jazz||O19 Jazz|
|C20 Gospel||O20 Gospel|
|C21 Spiritual||O21 Spiritual|
|C22 Pop Ensembles||O22 Pop Ensembles|
|C23 Pop Choirs||O23 Pop Choirs|
|C24 Scenic Pop / Show Choirs||O24 Scenic Pop / Show Choirs|
|C25 Folklore a cappella||O25 Folklore a cappella|
|C26 Folklore with accompaniment||O26 Folklore with accompaniment|
|C27 Scenic Folklore||O27 Scenic Folklore|
A detailed description of the competition categories can also be found in the booklet available for download:
Competition Information(1.3 MB)
BI – Evaluation Performance for non-competing choirs
Choirs will sing a program of three pieces for a maximum performance time of 15 minutes in front of a panel of international experts. At the conclusion of the program there will be a brief internal consultation of the panel of choral experts. Finally, the program will be discussed with the choir in an open and amicable atmosphere.
Performance coaching and recommendations will be given for future participation in international competitions. The choirs will receive an official certificate of participation.
BII – Individual Coaching
All participants, whether taking part in the competitions or not, are given the opportunity to participate with their choir in a session with a noted international choir director.
Choirs interested in making use of this opportunity are required to prepare one piece of choral music. An international renowned choral music expert will then rehearse the piece with the choir to provide new artistic ideas and impetus. Choirs not participating in the competition will be presented a certificate and a recommendation for their future participation in international choral competitions.
CI - Friendship Concerts
In addition to their competitive or non–competitive participation, choirs may perform in a friendship concert with other choirs in public venues in and around the city of Tshwane.
These free public concerts provide opportunities to choirs to showcase their musical traditions and costumes of their native land. Choirs, instrumental groups, and dance companies not participating in any other category may also register to only participate in multiple friendship concerts.
CII - Festival Stage Choir
The Closing Ceremony will become a stage for Choral fireworks, as flags of the participating countries are assembled and the colors of the World Choir Games are handed to the Mayor of the next host city. Under the title "CHORAL FIREWORKS", a massed choir, especially put together for this event, soloists and a full symphony orchestra will perform folk songs from all continents, popular songs, and traditionally "We are the World" to allow the audience to sing and dance along and conclude the brilliant event.
Choirs who wish to be part of this mass choir, need to register for this activity. These choirs will have to attend compulsory rehearsal sessions with choirs from around the world. Please note that the artistic committee will have the final say in the selection of choirs. Choirs will be required to rehearse the music and arrive prepared for the mass choir rehearsals.
The World Choir Games will also offer workshops, seminars and open rehearsal sessions. During these workshops, choirs, conductors, and individuals will be introduced to international choral literature, singing styles, and performance practices. New choral experiences will be created by mixing with other singers, getting instructions from the workshop leader and performing in this creative environment might open the eyes and ears of the choristers to new choral experiences.
"I am so happy about this! Many brilliant choirs in South Africa who could NEVER afford to travel internationally will now get a chance to compete, take part, share, exchange ideas and be involved in the biggest choral spectacle on Earth. Well done, INTERKULTUR!"
"Yes, Riga was amazing! Quite an experience like no other. I was very impressed with the quality of the organization and the attention to detail - good German preciseness!"
"What a wonderful event and what a wonderful time we had! My students are still talking about it and I know they will continue to do so for years to come!"
"Long live the World Choir Games! Tygerberg Children's Choir is very proud to be associated with it and hopes to host this excellent competition in South Africa soon!"
"As an African and musician, It is an honor to me to be a member of your wonderful organization. It is time for me and we African people, to do our best to work together in order to promote in all African countries your beautiful and great idea."
"I feel very grateful and honored for being member of this incredible working team. I'm sure that the next two years, in the way of the 10th World Choir Games and 30th INTERKULTUR anniversary, will be full of successfully events."
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The song has been composed by the legendary Sibongile Khumalo, who is also on the National Artistic Committee of the 10th World Choir Games.
African Cultural Development Foundation
Gauteng Tourism Authority
City of Tshwane
Organizer is the INTERKULTUR Management GmbH.